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BIRMINGHAM, AL - Here’s a quick look at your top five headlines for Thursday, July 03, 2014.

1. “Arthur” has now strengthened into the first Atlantic hurricane of the year. The storm is gaining momentum as it moves towards the eastern seaboard. Storm trackers predict North Carolina will take the hardest hit.

RELATED: Hurricane Arthur forms in the Atlantic

2. Be careful on the roads. Today state troopers and other law enforcement agencies will be out in full swing ensuring Alabama drivers take precautions on what’s expected to be the busiest travel day for the holiday weekend. The number one cause of deadly traffic crashes in Alabama is speeding. More than 34 million Americans are expected to hit the roads to celebrate the 4th of July.

RELATED: More state troopers on Alabama roads this 4th of July weekend

3. Family and friends gathered yesterday in Marietta, Georgia for the memorial service for Philip Lutzenkirchen. The former Auburn tight end died early Sunday morning in a car accident.

RELATED: Lutzenkirchen memorial held in Marietta, Georgia

4. The former Tuscaloosa man charged with murder in the death of his 22 month old son is due in a Georgia courtroom today. Justin Ross Harris is scheduled to attend a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to keep him in jail. Harris is accused of leaving the son in a hot vehicle for several hours last month.

RELATED: Father charged with murder in death of 22 month old son who was left in a hot vehicle

5. There’s been another reported case of a rare mosquito-borne disease in Alabama. So far, there have been five Chikungunya cases reported in the state, and all five of the victims had recently visited Haiti. The state health department says samples from 10 other people have gone to labs for testing.

RELATED: What is Chikungunya and how can it be stopped?

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